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There's a mountain lion living in Griffith Park, but what does that mean? Despite massive urban development, our open spaces more connected than we originally thought? Seth Riley, a wildlife ecologist with the National Park Service who tracks these elusive animals in the Santa Monica Mountains will explain.

"This illustrated lecture presents the ecology of mountain lions," explains event organizers Friends of Griffith Park, "their role in the food chain, their life on the urban fringe, and how we can co-exist with them safely."

The event will also discuss the Griffith Park Natural History Survey, "a grassroots scientific endeavor that in five short years has become the most comprehensive repository of information about the Park's native animals and plants," says the friends group.

Photo of the Griffith Park cat, named P22, courtesy of the National Park Service